Photos: Jaime Foss (left) is a 200-hour certified Yoga teacher and a very diversified person. She holds Yoga classes two days a week at Vital Chiropractic in Elburn. She teaches at a Pilates studio in Elgin and is also a first-grade teacher at Ferson Creek School in St. Charles. Photo by John DiDonna
by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—When Jaime Foss sought relief from the stress of her hectic teaching job, she decided to try yoga. She soon found herself not only taking yoga, but teaching it as well. This August she celebrates one year in her own studio inside Vital Chiropractic.
As a first-grade teacher for 12 years at Ferson Creek Elementary, Foss remembers her first year of teaching.
“I realized I needed to do something to off-set the stress. I love my job, but I needed something to quiet my mind,” she said. “I tried here, there and everywhere.”
Eventually she found a local teacher, Jackie Kold, who teaches out of her home near Wasco. Foss responded to her style of teaching and went on to train at the same place that Kold had trained.
“She has a very heart-felt style, a mix of heart-felt and a focus on alignment that makes you feel safe and opens your body,” Foss said.
Foss brings the same heart-felt style to her classes. She designs her classes for people just getting into yoga who need extra instruction and modeling within a safe environment. Her studio has room for only six students, so everyone gets personal attention.
She enjoys the change of pace of teaching adults after days of conversations with 6- and 7-year olds. The reward of being a teacher is the same. In fact, she teaches yoga to her first-graders who ask her all the time if they can do yoga, especially savasana, where you lie still for several minutes.
“We do yoga all year long,” she said. “They are over-stimulated. They have school, then soccer practice, then they may meet Dad for dinner, and then they still have homework. They don’t know how to relax. They have never learned. When they learn, they actually ask for it.”
Foss lends the same patience to adults who come to her with common misconceptions from the media.
“Yoga is portrayed in the media that you have to be extremely physically fit, strictly vegetarian and have lots of money,” she said. “There’s a fear attached to it.”
For that reason, Foss offers the first class at her studio free, believing that trying yoga is scary enough and that having to pay for it at the same time is even worse. However, she also believes the adage, “You can pay for your health now, or pay for your disease later.”
People come to her classes with various issues. The most common types of applause comes from those whose sinus or asthma issues are helped (“I can breathe again.”), relief from stress ( “I’m able to turn off my mind at last”), or energy levels returning (“I have so much more energy. I can face the rest of the night”).
Her plans for the future are to expand her offerings and build a community of people in Elburn who love yoga. Foss would like to expand in conjunction with her husband’s wellness chiropractic practice that includes nutrition and supplementation, along with chiropractic techniques, to help people live healthy lives.
“I would like to find a thread that goes through the community to promote peace, well-being and balance,” she said.
Classes are offered on Mondays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m. (summer only). Call (630) 365-9887 to reserve a spot. The first class is free.
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